coming in to get to the mining district they need things. and that is the origin of the economy. what really changed, major change, was when the fort was finally closed in 1898 and when they discovered a different route into the mining district and people didn't have to go on steamboats anymore. this town was about to go under. and no body knew this, but while all of this was going on, there are federal surveys going on in the entire pacific northwest determining what is the timber in this region and that is the white pine. mil a report was made from the survey in 1898 the year the fort was closed, that report was made public. and all of the major timber companies came to this area. so that is really what produced -- when you walk through the town today, that is a town that was produced. the town's population was 500 in 1900 by 1910 there were 18,000. it is a modern, progressive city today. tourism is a big part of the economy. the timber industry is still volleybal valuable. mining has had problems. we wanted diversity as the main focus. because in the past it was mining and logging.